Fine Cartier Art Deco jade, mother-of-pearl, diamond and coral desk clock circa 1927, blue enamel chapter ring, set with diamonds and coral, within square jade case, the dial center composed of mother-of-pearl panel depicting three Oriental figures on walkway, shaped platinum hands set with rose-cut diamonds, winder and hand-set through metal back and hinged gilt-metal stand marked: Cartier - Paris - 1661; accompanied by original double-hinged travel case.
H3 1/2" W3 1/2"
Provenance: Atlantic Beach, Florida private collection.
Literature: Jader Barracca, Giampiero Negretti and Franco Nencini. LE TEMPS DE CARTIER. Paris: Fondation Cartier, 1989. pp.169, 172-3 and 176.
Other Notes: In preparation for Cartier's 1929 Paris exposition, 'the incarnation of an impalpable dream of the Orient', the use of jade, coral and mother-of-pearl satisfied the increasing desire for the Asian exotic feel expressed in the Art Deco taste. This clock, made at the height of this interest, illustrates the incorporation of these materials.
Tight hairline following light streak in jade at 7:00, all stones around chapter ring and hands are intact, small flakes in blue enamel at 10:00 to 11:00 and 5:00 and few coral pieces, mother-of-pearl design is in excellent condition. Movement marked "E.W.C. Co. France, 17 jewels, 3 adjustments, Fab. Suisse", movement is complete, mainspring is broken however movement will run with very little tension placed on broken mainspring. Inside of back cover with stamped numbers and six service dates from 6/24/39 to 8/51. Losses to leather on original carrying case.